For a number of years the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a worldwide alliance of data protection authorities initiated by the OECD, has been carrying out privacy examinations of online services such as apps and websites. This year’s examination focuses on online privacy of children up to 13 years of age. Areas such as whether privacy policies are designed in a child-friendly manner or whether parents have the opportunity to make protective settings will be explored.
The Bavarian Office for Data Protection is one of 28 participating authorities worldwide. Following international standards, it will examine randomly selected Bavarian and international children’s apps in fields such as learning, social media, television or gaming. The results of the examination will be delivered to GPEN coordinators in the UK and Canada, and published after evaluation.